Returning In-person to Campus:

Covid-19 Information, Protocols and Policies

The health, safety, and well-being of our community are of paramount concern and guide all of our decision-making processes. Our decision to return to in-person instruction and services is informed by guidance issued from local, state, and federal public health authorities.

Lincroft campus is now open and staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

The College is open to all individuals who are employed by the College, prospective students, students registered for Fall 2021 classes, and other individuals conducting official College business.

All Fall Semester classes’ capacity will be at pre-pandemic levels.

The College is offering in-person, online, remote live, fully online, online remote-hybrid classes.

College personnel will monitor Covid-19 data and report the College infection rate to the president on a weekly basis.

The College is committed to providing regular communications and updates to the Brookdale community as information becomes available.

Students coming to campus should check their email for any notifications before arriving on campus.

Masks are required indoors.  Mask Mandate Official College Statement

Covid-19 vaccination is not required. It is recommended that students get vaccinated. There is a Monmouth County vaccination site located on the Lincroft campus in the BREC building, (Lot 7), which accepts walk-ins, Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

The decision to expand services will be based upon the below guidelines.

Returning classes to remote instruction and closing of campus will also follow guidance issued from local, state, and federal public health authorities, including:

We look forward to a safe return for everyone.

What to Expect When You Are On Campus This Fall:


In accordance with CDC guidance for higher education
  • Keep Brookdale safe and open, masks are required indoors.
Additional College Cleaning Protocols
  • The campus will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to the start of the Fall 2021 Term. Overall guidance is provided by the State of New Jersey Department of Public Health: Updated COVID-19 Operational Considerations for Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures in College and University Settings for the Fall 2021 Term.
  • Hand Sanitizers will be available at entrances, offices, and classrooms.
  • Disposable wipes or spray disinfectant and paper towels will be available in all bathrooms, offices, classrooms, and other shared facilities for wiping down surfaces. Good hand hygiene (frequent hand washing with soap/water or alcohol-based sanitizer) is encouraged after the use of shared equipment and common areas.
  • Signage has been installed to remind the college community to wash their hands frequently.
  • Routine cleaning and spot disinfection of bathrooms and high-touch areas will take place.
  • Custodial staff follows cleaning protocols in conformance with CDC guidelines using products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 and that are appropriate for the surface.
  • Custodial staff will wipe down high-touch areas throughout the day.
  • In places such as the library and open computer labs, where surfaces including computers and printers are handled by multiple users, it is strongly encouraged of each user to clean keyboards, mice, work surfaces, and any other equipment (printers, copiers) before and after each use. Disinfectant wipes will be available for students, faculty, and staff to wipe down shared surfaces.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own home devices. The campus Wi-Fi will be available for use and in parking lots 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6..
Other PPE Protocols
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed in student-facing offices, security stations, and other high-traffic areas that have face-to-face contact.
  • Culinary program students working in labs will follow the State’s guidelines for opening restaurants and will wear masks and gloves as required.
  • Allied Health students will follow the requirements set forth by their clinical sites, including wearing KN95 or other approved masks, gloves, and gowns as appropriate. Prior to and after each session, each lab area, including medical equipment, will be cleaned. All surfaces and shared equipment will be disinfected with Disinfectant Wipes or an EPA-approved solution and paper towels.
  • Art Program students will wear masks and gloves as appropriate.
  • Facilities staff are following CDC guidelines.

What Happens If


IF you think you are not feeling well:

Then:

  • Please stay at home.
  • Please take a COVID-19 test.

Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms should STAY HOME:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (at or above 100.4°F) – all faculty and staff should check their own temperatures each day prior to reporting to work
  • Chills, or repeated shaking with chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
If there is a COVID-19 infection in an in-person class:

Then:

    • Students and faculty in the class will be notified
    • Any close contact individuals will be contacted separately by the Department of Health.
    • Persons who have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact will be able to pivot to remote learning for the period of isolation or quarantine.
    • The College requires waiting 3-5 days after exposure to get tested for those who are fully vaccinated. For those in close contact and unvaccinated, the quarantine period is 14 days OR if the 14-day quarantine period would result in an economic or other hardship, the quarantine period may be reduced to 10 days with a negative RT-PCR test taken on day 8, 9 , or 10.  A copy of the negative test must be presented to AVP of Student Affairs for students before proceeding to class. A copy of the negative test must be presented to AVP of HR for employees or contractors before proceeding to the office.
    • The student should discuss with the professor/supervisor alternative methods of instruction.
    • Students coming to campus should check their email for any notifications before arriving on campus.
IF I test positive:

Then:

  • All individuals are encouraged to immediately inform the College if they have tested positive for COVID-19.  Students must contact the AVP of Student Affairs, and employees should contact the AVP of Human Resources.  The COVID Coordinator will contact the student or employee to request documentation of the positive case.
  • Ten (1o) day isolation period from the onset of symptoms, or in the case of asymptomatic persons, from the day the person tested positive. Return after 10 days is contingent upon the improvement of symptoms AND the absence of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • The facility where you test is required to report to the State, who reports to your local Department of Health.  They may contact you for additional information.  The College is in contact with the Monmouth County and Middletown Departments of Health to report on campus COVID positive cases and to seek additional guidance as needed.  A person testing positive should contact their local health department to expedite contact tracing.
If I have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus:

Then:

  • The College will continue to require faculty, staff and students who are exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine based on applicable public health requirements.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, get tested 3-5 days after exposure and stay home until you receive a negative test result.
  • For those in close contact and unvaccinated, the quarantine period is 14 days OR If the 14-day quarantine period would result in an economic or other hardship, the quarantine period may be reduced to 10 days with a negative RT-PCR test taken on day 8, 9 , or 10.    A copy of the negative test must be presented to AVP of Student Affairs for students before proceeding to class. A copy of the negative test must be presented to AVP of HR for employees or contractors before proceeding to the office.The student should discuss with the professor/supervisor alternative methods of instruction. The following are a few options to consider:o    Professor offers to live stream with document camera while quarantining.o    Arrange with a colleague for student to attend their online class for duration of quarantiningo    Discuss a make-up day for the work while quarantining.

Being exposed means that you have been in contact with a COVID positive person within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms and, during that time or after, you were within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or longer in a 24 hour period.

If faculty or staff working on campus tests positive, or needs to quarantine:

Then:

  • Co-workers who are close contacts will be notified
  • Other close contacts will be contacted separately by the Department of Health
  • If the faculty member remains well enough to teach, the class will move to remote delivery until the faculty member can return to campus safely. Otherwise, a substitute will be assigned, and class will continue to meet on campus.
  • Staff who have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact will be offered the opportunity to work remotely for the period of isolation or quarantine. If the person is ill and unable to work, the use of sick time will be expected.
IF the College notices a significant upward trend of infection:

Then:

  • Most classes will be pivoted to remote learning.
  • Limited access to labs and hands on disciplines will be a priority to in-person classes.
  • Brookdale’s COVID-19 response team (including facilities, communications, human resources, etc.) will implement steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.
IF there is a shutdown of the State:

Then:

  • Brookdale will follow the Governor’s instructions if a statewide shutdown is required.
  • Brookdale will move to remote instruction if a shutdown occurs.
  • We encourage all individuals to use the App Covid Alert NJ.
If I have been identified as a close contact, or have travelled outside the tristate area:

Then:

  • If you are fully vaccinated, Brookdale requires you to get tested 3-5 days after your exposure and stay home until you get a negative test result.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for 14 days after the close contact.  If a 14-day quarantine would create an economic or other burden, the quarantine period can be shortened to 10 days after the close contact with a negative RT-PCR test taken on day 8, 9, or 10.  Test results must be presented to AVP, Student Affairs for credit students or to AVP, HR for employees, contractors, and non-credit students.
  • CDC Recommendations for fully vaccinated people
  • CDC Recommendations for un-vaccinated people
  • CDC Domestic Travel Recommendations Quick Reference
COVID Update - Travel Advisory

Updated CDC Domestic Travel Guidance[1]As of June 10, 2021, the CDC advises that people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States, specifically:

 

  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after domestic travel, unless their destination requires it.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine upon return from domestic travel.
  • CDC Recommendations for fully vaccinated people.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna), or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

If an individual does not meet these requirements, they are not fully vaccinated. If an individual is not fully vaccinated and must travel, the individual must follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.

 

Fully vaccinated travelers should continue to:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel
  • Isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID-19

On-Campus Services


 

  • On August 16th, employees returned to campus.
  • All Fall Semester classes’ capacity will be at pre-pandemic levels
  • Our offices on the Lincroft campus will be open and staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Student Services are available on campus, in-person by appointment only and by remote access.
  • Academic Advisors will be available in-person, and by remote access, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Evening advisors will be available by appointment.
  • Mental Health & Wellness Counseling, starting September 13th, will have a student consultation line, 732-224-2329, staffed by Brookdale’s counselors, available Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for assistance and referral to resources related to mental health and wellness.
  • Student Life and Activities will continue to plan in-person and online programs. Email studentlife@brookdalecc.edu for more information.
  • Academic Support Services will be available in-person and remotely. Students will continue to have access to online tutoring.
  • Computer Labs will be open.
  • Testing Center operational hours for the fall will be Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm with evening hours until 7:00 pm on Monday. Email testing@brookdalecc.edu with any questions.
  • Scroll & Pen Bookstore will resume normal operations in September. Staff is currently on site working behind closed doors Monday-Friday and can be reached at 732 224 2382. Students can place orders for home delivery or instore/curbside pickup at www.BrookdaleShop.com. Updates regarding the store’s exact operating hours will be posted on their site.
  • Food Service will be available starting September 1st at the Jersey Blues Dining Hall and Starbucks located in the Student Life Center. Larrison Hall café will remain closed temporarily.
  • Athletic Teams will be practicing and competing.
  • Library Services will resume in-person services, starting September 8th, while also continuing to offer virtual appointments.

Library Hours

Beginning September 8th, library hours will be:
Monday-Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
Thursdays: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 7:00 pm)
Fridays: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 2:00pm)
Saturdays: The building will be closed, but we will continue to offer remote research help appointments 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, using Zoom and/or phone.

Higher Education Centers – Regional Locations

Effective August 16, 2021, Higher Education Centers Hours for the Fall will be:
Freehold: Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Neptune: Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Long Branch: Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wall: Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday  8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday – Thursday 7:30 am – 9:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Hazlet:  Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Monmouth County Vaccination Site

No appointment is needed.
For up to date schedules please check the Monmouth County Website